Washington, DC [RenewableEnergyAccess.com] U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice announced on Tuesday that the State Department will host the Washington International Renewable Energy Conference (WIREC 2008) in March 2008.WIREC 2008, the third global ministerial-level event on renewable energy, will provide an opportunity for world ministers to show their commitment to renewable energy. The ministers will discuss how renewable energy advances our shared goals for climate, sustainable development and energy security. WIREC 2008 goals include advancing energy security, climate change, air quality, and sustainable development goals, including agriculture and rural development; demonstrating global leadership in renewable energy research, policy development, technology innovation, commercialization and deployment; and fostering industry and government collaboration to help solve global energy challenges. Assisting the U.S. Department of State in hosting this event are the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Agency for International Development, U.S. Department of Interior, and the U.S. Department of Commerce. The intergovernmental team welcomes the support of the American Council On Renewable Energy (ACORE) and looks forward to cooperating with REN-21 and other relevant stakeholders.